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Science

Researchers tie massive Pacific seabird die-off to heat wave

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Common murres look like skinny penguins but fly like F-15 fighter jets.

Pacific Northwest
Federal

WA - FEMA threat draws rebuke from county

Whidbey Island County commissioners are “aghast” at recent actions taken by the Federal Emergency Management Agency that could affect local shoreline property owners.

Pacific Northwest
Recreation

OR - Why Do So Many Ignore Oregon Coast Wave Warnings? Answer is Uneasy Reality

When the big waves come, so does a tsunami of viral videos of bad behavior and sheer disregard for safety. This season's run of awful videos was gut wrenching and frustrating. Still, it started me thinking more about that behavior. While the most recent tragedy where two children were lost to waves was not a result of willful disregard (it was more likely a freak wave), there were an unbelievable array of storm vids showing a complete recklessness.

Pacific Northwest
Advocacy

OR - Facebook undersea cable plan not finding fans in tiny Oregon coastal town

TIERRA DEL MAR, Ore. — A battle playing out in Oregon is pitting residents of a tiny coastal town with no stoplights or cellphone service against one of the world's biggest tech companies.

Pacific Northwest
Advocacy

OR - Facebook cable plan hits resistance in Oregon coastal town

A battle playing out in Oregon is pitting residents of a tiny coastal town with no stoplights or cellphone service against one of the world's biggest tech companies.

Pacific Northwest
Science

WA - Puget Sound tribes and scientists join forces to breed millions of clams

After recent declines, a new breeding program could help safeguard the cockle's future as a food source for tribes like the Suquamish.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

WA - New Rule in Pacific Groundfish Fishery Creates Double-Win for Environment, Fishermen

New rules by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have gone into effect on Jan. 1 to increase protections to deep-sea ecosystems by creating one of the largest marine protected areas off the U.S. West Coast while simultaneously re-opening newly restored fishing grounds.

Pacific Northwest
Recreation

WA - Washington could soon have an official state clam

Washington may soon have an official state clam. A new proposal filed in the Washington State Legislature suggests designating the Pacific razor clam as the official clam of the state of Washington.

Pacific Northwest
Engineering

OR - King tides offer a taste of sea level rise

King tides will once again hit the Oregon Coast this weekend, giving residents a taste of what life could be like in the near future.

Pacific Northwest
Advocacy

WA - Nisqually Reach Aquatic Reserve Expansion Under Review

Proposed expansion will provide protection for prime aquatic habitat surrounding McNeil Island and south Key Peninsula.

Pacific Northwest
Advocacy

WA: Land trust saves half-mile stretch of Whidbey Island beach from development

The Whidbey Camano Land Trust’s 54-acre Possession Sound Preserve will open to the public in 2020.

Coastwide
Fisheries

2020 spending bill to include loan interest relief for ground fishing fleet

Bipartisan language was added to the 2020 spending bill Dec. 16 that will forgive more than $10 million in accrued loan interest that was forced onto the Pacific Coast ground fishing fleet.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

West Coast fishery rebounds in rare conservation 'home run'

A rare environmental success story is unfolding in waters off the U.S. West Coast.

Pacific Northwest
Science

Big, red blob in Pacific is gone; Now we get a different storm track

In October I wrote about a large area of much warmer than normal water in the north Pacific. The warm area of water influenced our storm track in October and November. Now the large area of warm water has been fading fast over the past month. The water temperatures now in the Pacific appear to be allowing a whole different storm track to emerge.

Pacific Northwest
Federal

A modest proposal for hunting sea otters

As the marine mammal takes a bite out of the fishing industry, some are asking if it’s time to cut down on otter numbers.

Pacific Northwest
Science

Resident orcas’ appetite likely reason for decline of big Chinook salmon

Killer whales prefer to eat only the biggest, juiciest Chinook salmon they can find. The larger the fish, the more energy a whale can get for its meal.

Pacific Northwest
Fisheries

Salmon farmers propel B.C. to a banner year for aquaculture

Consistently ranked as the 4th largest farmed Atlantic salmon producer in the world, farmed salmon continues to be B.C.’s most valuable seafood export

Pacific Northwest
Federal

Dry conditions fuel salmon die-off on Oregon coast

Fishing for fall chinook is now banned in multiple rivers on Oregon’s north coast because extremely dry conditions have fueled a widespread die-off of the species.

Pacific Northwest
Energy

OR - Ocean wind turbines on the horizon

Oregon’s coast is drawing the attention of ocean wind turbine installation planning for production of clean energy by the US Bureau of Ocean Energy (BOEM).

Pacific Northwest
Tourism

OR: Transient Lodging Tax Tourism-related facilities grant round open

The Tillamook Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) is pleased to announce the opening of a tourism-related facilities grant round, opening Wednesday, Dec. 11. To bring us up to present, the county collects transient lodging tax (TLT) from qualifying overnight rentals throughout Tillamook County.

Pacific Northwest
Advocacy

PNW State of the Sound: New report indicates additional marine stress

On the surface, the Salish Sea looks beautiful, but it is in grave trouble. Southern Resident orcas, Chinook salmon, steelhead, and many other species are listed under the Endangered Species Act. Toxic chemicals and pharmaceuticals continue to pollute our waterways. Shellfish beds are routinely closed to commercial and recreational harvest due to fecal contamination. More indicators point in the direction of continued decay than in the direction of recovery, but the picture is not entirely without hope.

Pacific Northwest
Local

San Juan County Washington: County parks plans for the next two years

In an attempt to balance the San Juan County Parks budget, food trucks, ‘glamping’ and making Shaw park day-use only are all options on the table.

Pacific Northwest
Federal

FOR SALE: The Navy’s First Operational Hydrofoil

For the low-low price of a loaded Chevy Tahoe Premier, you could be the proud owner of the Navy’s first operational hydrofoil — the former USS High Point (PCH-1).

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